The Indi Weekly Scoop 24 March 2017
INDI IN THE NEWS
Community leaders from Indi met with the Prime Minister and other government ministers and officials this week. Story below.
Action for youth
Cathy will second a motion on Monday 27 March by Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie proposing the appointment of a Minister for Youth.
Student payment changes make higher ed more affordable and accessible for regional students
Cathy supported changes to student payments which include automatic access to a Health Care Card, reduced eligibility periods for the independent rate, and removing the family farm from the assets test.
- Video: Regional students big winners
- Media release: Rural students big winners in student payment changes
Dairy meetings with government yield results
Cathy congratulated the Alpine Valley Dairy Pathway Project on its effective delegation to Canberra addressing industry investment, water, education and succession planning.
- Video: Dairy farmers bring innovation to Canberra
- Media release: Dairy meetings yields results for Indi farmers
Cathy acts in Parliament to make passenger rail a priority
Cathy tabled a Private Member’s Bill calling for the strengthening of social and community benefit considerations in investment projects including rail.
- Video: Regional passenger services should be prioritised in rail projects
- Media release: Bill calls for passenger rail to be a priority for regional Australia
INDI IN CANBERRA
A capital experience for Indi’s best as leaders meet Prime Minister
Cathy proudly welcomed and addressed the delegation to Canberra of 24 participants in the Alpine Valleys Community Leadership Program.
Government will be held to childcare promises
Cathy said she would continue to work with the government, departmental staff and service providers to protect mobile childcare services in rural and regional Australia after childcare reform legislation was passed by the parliament.
Mars Petcare congratulated on 50 years
Manufacturing is alive and well in Indi. Cathy congratulated Mars Petcare in Parliament for their contribution to Wodonga’s economy.
Celebrated Yackandandah potter John Dermer honoured in Parliament
Cathy welcomed internationally acclaimed potter John Dermer to Parliament House.
Rutherglen / Chiltern students visit Parliament House
Who says politics is boring? Grade 5/6 students from St Mary’s Rutherglen and St Joseph’s Chiltern met some of Canberra’s press gallery during their visit to Parliament House.
Legislation that passed the House this week:
- Health Insurance Amendment (National Rural Health Commissioner) 2017 > Ind (McGowan) amendments 1 and 2
- Health Insurance Amendment (National Rural Health Commissioner) 2017 > Ind (McGowan) amendment 3
- Health Insurance Amendment (National Rural Health Commissioner) 2017
- National Health Amendment (Pharmaceutical Benefits) 2016
- Diverted Profits Tax 2017
- Social Services Legislation Amendment (Simplifying Student Payments) 2017
- Treasury Laws Amendment (Combating Multinational Tax Avoidance) 2017
- Corporations Amendment (Crowd-sourced Funding) 2016 > amendment made by the Senate
- Education and Other Legislation Amendment (No. 1) 2017
- Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Jobs for Families Child Care Package) 2016
NBN rollout inquiry
There is still time to have a say on the NBN rollout. Click here for more information. Submissions close 31 March.
Public hearing on telecommunications sector security
Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee will hold an additional public hearing on Thursday for its review of the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016.
NAIDOC Week grants
Applications are open. More information here.
Smart Cities applications open
Applications are open for the $50 million Smart Cities and Suburbs Program. Guidelines are here. Applications close 30 June 2017.
THE WEEK AHEAD
- Friday 24 March to Sunday 26 March: Yackandandah Folk Festival. yackfolkfestival.com/
- Saturday 25 March: Unveiling Benalla RSL Centenary Memorial to World War 1, Benalla Rose Gardens 2.30pm
- Monday 27 March: Cathy seconding motion by Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie to appoint a Minister for Youth; students from Eskdale / Tallangatta / Mitta / USC / Bethanga / Talgarno visiting Parliament House.
- Tuesday 28 March: Meeting with the Italian Ambassador
- Friday 31 March: Indi Expat breakfast